From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Praṇītā literally means ‘fetched water’.

In the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifice, puroḍāśa cakes[1] are offered. The water that is used for preparing the dough has to be brought in a camasa[2] purified with pavitras or darbha grass from the north of the Gārhapatya fire to the north of the Āhavanīya fire with the chanting of certain mantras.[3] This process is called praṇītāpraṇayana. Here waters is referred to as praṇītā.


  1. Puroḍāśa cakes are made of rice or barley grains.
  2. Camasa means wooden cup with a handle.
  3. Taittiriya Samhitā
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore